The Nice Car Company is set to unveil an all-electric MPV at next week’s British International Motor Show.
The £14,000 Ze-O is coming to the UK this autumn and is being marketed as the ‘first all-electric car available within a family budget’.
Nice says the entry level Ze-O will be able to do up to 65 miles of city driving before needing to be recharged, and it has a top speed of 55mph.
Optional, longer-range lithium-ion battery options will also be available soon, the carmaker said.
As it’s a greener car, the Ze-O will be exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge, and Nice claims it will cost only a few pence per mile to run.
Julian Wilford, co-founder of the Nice Car Company, said: ‘All-electric sports car prototypes are eye-catching and interesting.
‘However, we all know customers want practical electric cars and they want them sooner rather than later.
The Ze-O is a genuinely spacious and affordable car; it’s coming to the UK this autumn and to the rest of Europe during 2009. We expect to be very busy at the motor show.’
Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: ‘We’re looking forward to seeing the Ze-O first hand at the motor show.
‘Although electric cars appeal to many people in principle, the Ze-O will have to prove it can hold its own in practice – especially at £14,000 – a key price point for family car buyers.’
This year’s British International Motor Show runs from 23 July until 3 August at Excel in London and is expected to draw more than 550,000 visitors.